By William

INMAN – The Inman High School cross country team may be entering the 2020 fall season missing a four-time state qualifier, but they are running across the fields with lots of hope that comes from a group of solid returnees.

Coach Jay Parsons enters his seventh season leading the Teuton harriers and for the first time in four seasons will not have Nicholas Martisko running the course for him. All Nicholas Martisko did for the Teuton program was win the Heart of America League Championship last fall and qualify for the state meet all four years.

Even without their state qualifier, the Teutons will still have strong team leadership in seniors Peter Buller and Brenton Thiessen.

“I am looking for both Peter Buller and Brenton Thiessen to make the most of their senior seasons,” noted Coach Parsons. “Peter finished last season running stronger and more consistent, both of which I hope he takes into this season the same way. Brenton’s season last year was not what I know he would have expected it to be. He is a good runner and I know he will come into this season wanting to make it the best one of his time as a Teuton.”

One other major returnee for the Inman harriers will have a familiar last name, as Hannah Martisko will try to build on her highly successful sophomore season where she qualified for the state cross country championship.

Coach Parsons had high praises for Hannah as he said, “Hannah Martisko ran cross country for the first-time last year and qualified for the state meet. She has the ability and the mindset to return there. Now that Hannah has been through one season, she has a better understanding of cross country and what it takes to be competitive at a high level.”

While several new members of this seasons Teuton cross country team, including freshman Lacie Baxter and sophomore Drew Folkerts, have caught the attention of Coach Parsons, it is freshman Riley Stallings that he pointed out when reflecting on the upcoming season by saying, “Riley is young, but from what I have seen, he has the potential to turn into a good runner. If he can stay away from injuries and continue to get stronger, he could make quite a bit of progress this season.”

With the 2020 season opening run with Tescott just a week away, Coach Parsons concluded his preseason reflections by adding, “If we can avoid injuries and make it through the pandemic without any incidences, I think we have runners who will have some great individual seasons.”

Tentative Schedule for the Inman Teuton cross country team:

Thursday, September 3rd – Tescott

Thursday, September 10th – Hesston

Thursday, September 17th – Bennington

Thursday, September 24th – Marion

Thursday, October 1st  – Berean Academy

Thursday, October 8th – Sterling

Thursday, October 15th – Heart of America League Championships

Saturday, October 24th – Regional Meet

Saturday, October 31st – State Cross Country Championships

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